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Newton Bridge
River Hodder, Newton, Lancashire, UK
Newton Bridge
associated engineer
Not known
date  late 18th century
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SD697502
photo  ICE R&D Fund
An interesting two-span masonry bridge over the River Hodder on the road to Waddington just outside the village of Newton, in the Forest of Bowland.
The bridge is Grade II listed. It has two spans of different widths supported by a single river pier with pointed cutwaters on both faces.
An interesting detail is the label mould inserted between the voussoir stones of the arches and the masonry of the spandrels. A label mould is a projecting course of masonry, usually used above openings such as doors or windows, designed to deflect rainwater run-off.
In this case, the single row of voussoirs (wedge-shaped arch stones) is recessed and on top of it, a row of masonry laid short side up runs around the curves, forming the label mould. See also Slaidburn Bridge, also on the Hodder, for a comparable detail.
The spandrels and parapets are constructed from ashlar (dressed) stone, laid in courses. The rectangular pilasters are carried up the papapets to the capping stones, similar to the design of the much larger four-span Sawley Bridge over the River Ribble at Sawley.
Research: PD
"The Ancient Bridges of the North of England" by E. Jervoise, EP Publishing Ltd, 1973

Newton Bridge